Congratulations to Post 134’s own Bettina Roth for taking first place in the Creative Writing and Art categories, and second place in the Fine Art category at the 2022 Local Veterans Creative Arts Competition sponsored by the Portland-Vancouver Veterans Administration.
Nationwide, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities use the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities.
Bettina received first place awards for “Only The Beginning” in Art, “Cool For Me” in Creative Writing, and a second place award for “Zoom Zoom” in Fine Art.
Across the country each year, Veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. The competition includes categories in the visual arts division that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are categories in writing as well as the performing arts of dance, drama, and music. Local creative arts competition top winning entries advance to a national judging process and first, second and third place entries are determined at the national level. First place winning Veterans are invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival hosted by a different VA facility each year.